3D Animation and Visual Effects with Blender – Presentation by Bassam Kurdali and Sebastian Koenig

Posted by i-space on November 03, 2011

Right back from the Blender Conference 2011 and amidst the Advanced Blender course of TOSMI 2011, Bassam Kurdali and Sebastian Koenig will give a public presentation on 9th November 2011, Cinema House Sofia, 37 Ekzarh Yosif Str.

The artists will show their latest projects, share some hot news from the Blender Conference, tell us what’s new in Blender 2.6a and give some insight into this year’s TOSMI group work.

Sebastian will talk specifically about tracking and compositing workflow in Blender and share some news around the new Mango project – a short vfx-based film with real actors and his role in its development.

Bassam will talk about production challenges from his upcoming movie the Tube project, focusing on Rigging, Animation and Pipeline issues, that were also the topic of his Animation Masterclass in Amsterdam. He’ll also talk about some of Blender’s new features for artists, and give some insight into possible future developments in the next year.

You can find more information about this year’s Blender Conference here.

The training is realized with support from MEDIA Programme of the European Union and Culture Programme of Sofia Municipality.

Speaker’s bios:

Bassam Kurdali (USA)

3D animator/filmmaker, director of Elephants Dream. His character, ManCandy, began as an easily animatable test bed for rigging experiments. Under the aegis of Freefac, Bassam is continuing to explore a model of production that capitalizes on commonwealth. He teaches, writes and lectures around the world on open production and free software technique. Born in Aleppo, Syria, Bassam trained in the United States as an electrical and software engineer.

Sebastian Koenig (Germany)

3D artist producing a wide range of work: architectural visualization, organic modeling and character animation, compositing and matchmoving (with Syntheyes). Blender is his main tool, simply because of the great feature-set, the great and flexible interface, a fast and straight-forward workflow and a lovely community. Currently he is teaching at cmiVFX, where he is creating online video-tutorials geared towards professionals and studios.


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